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Mainly Zoroastrianism and the Cathars, but as with anything George does it is not a one-to-one comparison and he draws inspiration from numerous sources. According to George R. R. Martin, this religion's dualistic aspects of a good and an evil god are inspired by Zoroastrianism, along with the Cathars of Medieval Europe. In this interview (at about 47:00 ...


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It would appear the answer is no, Bird has previously said in an interview he's never read Watchmen and has only heard of it in broad terms so it's unlikely it influenced his "No capes!" idea. Barrier: I've been astonished by how precise the parallels have been that some people have drawn between the film and certain superhero comic books, like Powers, ...


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Ignorance leads to fear, fear leads to hatred, and hatred leads to violence. This is the equation. Quote by Ibn Rushd, famous Andalusian scholar, that has most relevance here.


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I haven't watched the series (which I am guessing you are referring to the newer series), but I am assuming from your description "Hecate" is the TV version of Miss Hardbroom (HB) from the books. The way you describe them is similar to the books in a sense, except I have no memory of HB actually being a villain, she just disliked Mildred and the others. ...


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It likely refers to the fact that some of the Combine are former humans, enslaved by the Combine, and now the lowest tier of what is presumably their caste system. The BBC describes India's caste system like this Rural communities were long arranged on the basis of castes - the upper and lower castes almost always lived in segregated colonies, the water ...


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The house system is well-established in British schools, and goes back hundreds of years. It originated (and was most common) in boarding schools like Hogwarts, where the students live on the school grounds, and the houses they're sorted into are the houses in which they actually live. Again, just like Hogwarts. It's worth noting that the popularity of ...


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I think it's one of the cases when asking such question may make sense - it's probably something more then repetitiveness of tropes. Sanderson was asked about that and he also does seem to think so: Questioner So I was reading the Wheel of Time and in the first one when they get to the saidin and saidar, the pools — they're very similar to Shardpools....


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Brad Bird has stated quite clearly that he hasn't read — or even was unaware of — many of the works that are commonly thought of as an inspiration for The Incredibles. He had heard of Watchmen but never read it, he hadn't even heard of Powers, and what he knew of Fantastic Four was through occasional exposure. Barrier: I've been astonished by how precise ...


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It looks like David Drake addressed this on his website: For a setting I used a young nobleman making a grand tour with his tutor and personal servant. The action stemmed from real events in the Greek islands in 1795: a Russian nobleman determined to take a Greek temple back to St. Petersburg in the warship he borrowed from the Czar–and who bombarded it ...


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The DuckTales episode is based on a classic Scrooge McDuck story by Carl Barks from 1953, entitled "Tralla La". This is a very well known story for older readers and much more likely to be the inspiration for Fallout than the DuckTales episode. You would have to ask the developers of the game to know if that was the actual inspiration.


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The idea of using an item as currency that in most cultures is considered of little or no value is not unique to DuckTales, as seen by this TV Tropes page: Weird Currency. In fact, "weird currency" isn't even unique to fictional media. There have been a variety of things used as currency throughout history, from shells to rocks. Bottle caps have even been ...


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Structure - indeed. Forerunners etc more taken from P.Anthony's Cluster series. The troopers are more Starship Troopers with some 40k Ultramarine... lots of cross- pollination.


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Your interpretation seems unlikely. The name, "Rachel Roth" (no 'a'), comes from the comics, Teen Titans [third series] #20 [2005] when she decides to enroll in high school. "Roth" was last name of her human mother, Angela Roth (albeit going by "Arella", which means the "The Messenger Angel" in Azarathian, until 2004 when her birth name was introduced). "...


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I'm pretty sure it is. In the duelling club in CoS Gilderoy Lockhart's outfit and stance look exactly like a (olschool) fencer:


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Hypothesis: Bottle-caps-as-money is a modern example of Shell Money. And the 1953 cartoon, which Klaus Æ. Mogensen posted as his answer, has the Chinese angler (see: hat, hair queue) representing the historic Chinese use of cowry shells as currency: In China, cowries were so important that many characters relating to money or trade contain the ...


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I think I remember reading of policies similar to the Prime Directive in stories published before Star Trek was first broadcast in year one STE (Star Trek Era) or 1966. As far as I can remember, I read a novelette by Chad Oliver dealing with an expedition to an alien planet with a mission to violate a similar rule in order to save the alien culture from a ...


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The Black Lotus of Stygia originates in the writings of Robert E. Howard specifically in Red Nails serialised in Weird Tales July - October 1936. In mythology the red lotus is associated with the Buddha, but Howard using the black lotus as a sorcerous source of drugged sleep probably has in mind the story of the lotus-eaters. These drugged 'lotophagi' were ...


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Maybe the original concept of Batman was only marginally influenced by Bela Lugosi's Dracula? I mean there's no way you could say, "Batman flying through the night" in 1939 and someone not say, "Oh you mean like Dracula?". If I remember rightly whoever owned the Dracula copyrights in the 20's/30's were fiercely protective of them and wouldn't allow anyone to ...


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The facts are that Kripke has mentioned the huge influence that Good Omen’s had on the creation of supernatural. Spn’s Crowley’s namesake is in fact Crowley from GO. Even Castiel’s character design is completely inspired from the Sandman character John Constantine. There are many references littered throughout the show, clearly Kripke’s way of showing his ...


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I have been noticing a lot more similarities. Shaitan is used in both but understandable if same source material but then also character names furok is one but I’ve noticed more. I can’t help but wonder if Dune isn’t an entirety accidental prequel to Wheel of Time.


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